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Seared Sea Scallops with Fresh Green Curry and Spinach

Prep Time

    •    Prep and cook time: 1 hour
    •    Yield: Serves 6


    •    salt
    •    1 1/2 tsps sugar
    •    2 carrots, julienned
    •    6 tbsps vegetable oil
    •    1 pound baby spinach
    •    1 tbsp Asian fish sauce
    •    3 tbsps fragrant peanut oil
    •    freshly ground white pepper
    •    2 pounds large diver sea scallops
    •    3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
    •    1/3 cup Keow Wan Green curry paste
    •    1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced
    •    2 tbsps fresh little juice, plus lime zest, for garnish
    •    2 tbsps unsalted roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped


  1. In a large, high-sided skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the peanut oil until simmering. Add half of the spinach and cook over moderately high heat, tossing, until slightly wilted. Add the remaining spinach and cook, tossing, until wilted. Season with salt and transfer to a colander to drain.
  2. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of peanut oil to the skillet and heat until shimmering. Add the carrots and onion and stir-fry over moderately high heat until slightly softened, about 1 minute. Stir in the coconut milk, green curry paste and sugar and simmer over moderate heat until the carrots are tender, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the lime juice and fish sauce; season with white pepper. Transfer the curry sauce to a bowl.
  3. In a clean large skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of the vegetable oil until shimmering. Season the scallops with salt and add half of them to the skillet. Cook over moderately high heat, turning once, until well browned and just white throughout, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Wipe out the skillet. Repeat with the remaining 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil and scallops.
  4. Mound the spinach on 6 plates. Top with the curry sauce and scallops. Garnish with the chopped peanuts and lime zest and serve immediately.

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